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Trevor Potter

Trevor Potter
Trevor Potter is a member in Caplin & Drysdale's Washington, D.C. office, where he leads the firm's Political Law Practice. He is one of the country's best-known and most experienced campaign and election lawyers, and a former Commissioner and Chairman of the Federal Election Commission.
Mr. Potter is a leading authority on lobbying regulation, government ethics and campaign finance issues. He is nationally recognized for his experience in designing compliance programs, responding to campaign finance investigations, and questions concerning lobbying registration and disclosure and federal and state ethics rules. He advises corporations, nonprofit organizations, and candidates on structuring new political efforts and administering their political, lobbying, and issue-advocacy projects.
Mr. Potter served as General Counsel to John McCain 2008 and 2000 presidential campaigns. He also served as Deputy General Counsel to the George H.W. Bush 1988 campaign. He is the founding President and General Counsel of the Campaign Legal Center, a Washington, D.C. based nonprofit which focuses on campaign finance issues in the courts and before the FEC. Mr. Potter now represents Stephen Colbert and his Super PAC and 501C-4. He advises Mr. Colbert on campaign finance issues on The Colbert Report.

Government Experience
  • Chairman, Federal Election Commission, 1994
Commissioner, Federal Election Commission, 1991-1995
Assistant General Counsel, Federal Communications Commission, 1984-1985, 
Attorney, U.S. Department of Justice, 1982-1984
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